5400rpm or 7200rpm

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  1. timmillwood macrumors 6502a

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    would you go for a 5400rpm drive or a 7200rpm drive?

    is 7200rpm much faster? would i notice?
    does 7200rm you more batter? make more heat? and more noise?
     
  2. kalun macrumors regular

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    well...it is a proven fact that a 7200rpm hard drive is much better...
    7200/5400 = 1.3333 so ya, 33 % better on average loading speed

    Not sure if you will notice it...depends on you actually. It is most noticible when you are loading (opening program, booting windows) and saving (closing application, paging, shutting down) stuff from/to the disk.

    More heat/noise, but probably not noticible.
     
  3. fivetoadsloth macrumors 65816

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    id say the 7200 is noticebly faster than the 5400
     
  4. Veritas&Equitas macrumors 68000

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    I'm also considering buying a 100 gb 7200 sata drive and throwing it in my Macbook...but how bad is the noise/heat to performance tradeoff compared to a simple 5400 drive? Can anyone with a 7200 specifically who switched out a 5400 comment? thanks
     
  5. xfiftyfour macrumors 68030

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    It depends what you're doing. For some things, you'll notice a difference, for others, you won't. Personally, I opt for more space vs. speed, but that's because nothing I do really needs 7200rpm, or would benefit from it.

    The thing to consider, really, is whether space or a small performance jump is most important to you, because you can get a 100gb, 7200rpm drive for the same price as a 120gb, 5400rpm drive. Like I said, for some things, the performance will be more noticable.. but for most users, you probably wouldn't even notice.
     
  6. Veritas&Equitas macrumors 68000

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    xfiftyfour: Could you give me some examples of where are 7200 would be beneficial? What kind of activities/software are you talking about? While I use my current Powerbook for mostly simple things (Email, surfing, notetaking, iTunes, pictures, etc.) I also like to use it for Final Cut Pro and Photoshop about 15-20% of the time.

    100 gb 7200 drive vs 120 gb 5400 drive? Which one? Anyone else?
     
  7. jamone80 macrumors regular

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    is this an external or internal hard drive? if its going in a MB then you should consider the heat that a 7200rmp drive will generate.MB's already got a heat issue so....
     
  8. bwyan macrumors newbie

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    I'm considering doing the exact same thing myself. I'm just as much in a dilemma as you. I would love the extra performance, but 20gb i allot to throw away on performance you might not be needing, when it comes down to it.

    My MB is fairly slow as it is, but this is due to its low amount of RAM :) I'm really not sure if the 7200rpm harddisk would help it in any way, when Photoshop is just about the "heaviest" application I'm running on it.

    - I really don't know :confused:
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  9. archurban macrumors 6502a

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    I have Seagate 120GB hdd in my macbook. I was used to get 100GB 7200RPM. but for me, space is more important than speed. 33% more? you don't really feel that. 20GB more space is much worth. oh, you can get 160GB 5400 rpm now. I will wait for 200GB 5400 if it will be available.
     
  10. merc669 macrumors 6502

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    I agree with Kalun here. You would see better load and save times but the cost and space factor by going to a larger 5400 HD to me is more important. I could see the 7200 being the way to go on a Desktop where you maybe doing some CAD or Heavey Duty Gaming, etc. But for probably 90% of what you will be doing once the program loads then Space becomes more of a factor. To me waiting a little while longer to Rip Something or mess with Photo Apps to get the results is not a real factor here. Also as was mentioned also is the Heat. It may not be much and for those that are concerned I will point you to this thread; http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=238961 .

    Bill.......:)
     
  11. bmcgrath macrumors 65816

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    I have a Macbook Pro with a 5400 rpm drive and it runs perfectly fast for me. But depends on what you do on your computer
     
  12. timmillwood thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    im talking about an internal drive..

    the thing is i want to get 17" macbook pro and should i go for 100gb 7200rpm or 120gb 5400rpm

    i would like the extra space but dont need it, if i would notice the speed of the 7200rpm i will get that if it is hardly noticable i would rather the extra 20gb
     
  13. menziep macrumors 6502a

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    I would go for the 100gb 7200rpm.

    btw, good luck with the MBP
     
  14. patrick0brien macrumors 68040

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    Consider battery power draw as well. A 7200rpm drive draws a lot more that a 5400. Also consider that 5400's these days come with caches that drastically reduces the gap in performance between the 5400 and 7200.

    On a desktop - sure, 7200 minimum. Laptop? I prefer 5400.
     
  15. jamone80 macrumors regular

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    i second that. space will prolly be more benefitial in the long run than being 1.3ms faster.
     

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